William John Hennessy
(1839 - 1917)
William John Hennessy was active/lived in New York, Connecticut / United Kingdom, England, Ireland, France. William Hennessy is known for luminous sea-landscape and genre painting, illustration.
Biography William John Hennessy
William John Hennessy NA, ROI (1839-1917)
The versatile Irish landscape artist, genre painter and illustrator William John Hennessy was born in County Kilkenny but soon joined his father John Hennessy in Canada whence he had fled from the British authorities following his involvement with the Young Ireland movement of 1848. Moving with his parents to New York, the young William Hennessy began drawing while still in his early teens, and at 15 attended the National Academy of Design to study fine art painting. In 1857, he first showed at the National Academy in New York (NA), to which he was elected as a full member in 1863. The luminous quality of his landscape painting as well as the sentimental appeal of his genre
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